2017-18 THE Chicago Hoops Week 12 – (Jan. 21)

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Updated: January 25, 2018

And then there was 1! After twelve fun and excitement filled weeks of action, we are down to one undefeated team. This was a rough week for some of the top class of The CHI HOOPS league. Two top-5 teams fell this week, leaving others a chance to climb over them to the top. That allows for some big-time shake ups in the Rankings this week. That’s just the kind of season it’s been. Even among the elite, if they slip up for even a second, someone in the middle is going to use that opportunity to climb the rankings. Same holds true for those in the middle of the pack trying to hold those off just below them. Being that we are now over the 60% mark of the Regular Season and with six regular season games remaining, now is the time to kick it into high-gear, grab some W’s and secure those top Playoff spots!

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Power Rankings

1. Team McNichols (Chipotle) – South – 12-0

12-0 folks. Team McNichols keeps their dream season alive by putting up a hundo burger and beating Team Malvin 105-94. That’s three straight months of playing organized basketball without losing a single game. In a league that has as many talented individuals and teams as this one, for a team to start 12-0 is amazing. Led by Mike Kennedy’s 31 points and Joe Kozak’s 29, these guys exploded on offense dropping 105 points, their second highest team total on the season. This win by no means was perfect as they struggled a bit on the defensive end, allowing 94 total points to a Team Malvin squad who entered this game averaging just under 70 PPG. The offense will have to step up again and the defense will have to play big in one of the most anticipated games coming up on Sunday afternoon as #1 Team McNichols hosts #2 Team Hanessian in a clash of titans that will ultimately determine once and for all who our clear #1 should be! This is going to be an instant classic!

 

2. Team Hanessian (CEA Study Abroad) – East – 11-1

In what was our Game of the Week, Team Hanessian came into Week 12 with an undefeated record riding high on a 11-Game W-Streak against #3 Team Harlander crew who also happened to be Winners of eight straight. Something had to give in this one. Well, unfortunately for Team Hanessian and their dreams of an undefeated season, Team Harlander had no plans of giving up their streak on Sunday evening. Team Hanessian lost a very tough battle, losing 70-65 in a game where they had their chances to Win. A few key contributors really struggled on the offensive side of the ball as their leading scorer and the leagues second leading scorer, Sterling Williams, was only able to muster 12 points against a very stingy Team Harlander D. Michael Halusek was able to put up 17 points while Chris Hicks chipped in with 10, unfortunately that just wasn’t enough to get them past a very determined Team Harlander. These guys will have to dust this one off quickly and look to start up a new streak this week but will have to do so against the undefeated and still #1 Team McNichols in the Game of the Week!

 

3. Team Harlander (SLA Insurance) – South – 10-2

9-wins in a row and now sporting the second longest winning streak in the league, Team Harlander really made a statement on Sunday afternoon beating #2 Team Hanessian 70-65 in our Game of the Week! This win was a group effort as four different players scored in double digits, led by Adam Gwardys 15-point and 5-rebound performance. This team has had their eye on that #2 spot in our Power Rankings for quite some time and are now one step closer. They still must stay focused and determined if they plan on overtaking that #2 spot as they put their 9-Game W-streak on the line against Team Malvin in Week 13.

 

4. Team Hampton (Crystal Lake CDJ) – South – 9-3

Team Hampton moves up one spot to #4 in the Power Rankings this week without even stepping foot on the court. They received a forfeit Win as their opponents Team Lalez, who previously held the #4 spot, were unable to gather enough starters to field a team on Sunday. Team Hampton will have to hope that the extra week of rest will prove to be beneficial as they have a huge match-up in week 13 against new #5 Team Schwartz who also had the week off by receiving a win by forfeit.

 

5. Team Schwartz (StudentCity) – East – 8-4

Another team moves up one spot in this week’s Power Rankings without even having to put on their jerseys. Team Schwartz also received a forfeit win on Sunday evening as their opponents Team Max were also unable to field enough starters to play a legal game. The win moves team Schwartz and their 8-4 record into our #5 spot this week. The win also makes it four straight for Team Schwartz. They’ll look to make it five straight on Sunday as they have a huge match-up against the new #4 Team Hampton squad.

 

6. Team Lalez (Hakimian Imports) – East – 8-4

After receiving a win by forfeit last week, Team Lalez this week was unable to suit up enough players and had to take the forfeit loss. The loss drops Team Lalez record to 8-4 and down two spots in our Power Rankings this week. They’ll need to find some guys for Week 13 and get back to their winning ways if they plan on staying in top 5 contention. They get a match-up against a 5-7 Team Max squad who is coming off a forfeit loss of their own.

 

7. Team Massie (Theory) – West – 6-6

This was a group that was hovering around the .500 mark before suffering through a rough-patch. The past two weeks they have gotten back to their original game and have gutted out big Wins over extremely quality opponents including this past Sunday against a very tough Team Reisner squad. The league’s leading scorer, Dylan Kramer, did it again on Sunday night putting up a huge 28-point, 4 rebound and 3 assist performance to lead his crew to a 79-64 victory. The win also moves Team Massie up to the #7 spot in this week’s Power Rankings. They’ll look to keep their momentum rolling and make it 3 wins in a row against Team Jones who is coming off their second victory of the season.

 

8. Team Purimetla (Biaggi’s) – West – 6-6

Team Purimetla suffered a very tough loss on Sunday night as they went down to a Team Jones squad who came into this game with only one win on their 2017-18 campaign. Adam Jones had a huge 30-point, 6 rebound performance to lead his crew but major defensive lapses and untimely misses were ultimately Team Purimetla’s downfall in this one. The loss pushes them even with Team Massie at 6-6 for a tie in 6th and they are now two games back of the teams tied for 5th in the Standings. We’ll break down the Playoff races later, but both of those tiers come with extra BYES early in the Playoffs. If they can get back on the winning track and play well down the stretch, they can be in a great spot come Playoff time. In Week 13 they get to face a 4-8 Team Reisner who will be looking to snap their 3-game losing skid.

 

9. Team Max (Southview Athletics) – South – 5-7

Team Max was unable to field enough starters on Sunday afternoon and had to take the forfeit loss. The loss was their second in a row and drops their record to 5-7. They also drop one spot to #9 in this week’s Power Rankings. They have four teams breathing down their necks at 4-8 and another loss can potentially remove Team Max from the Rankings altogether. They’ve got a huge match-up this week against an 8-4 Team Lalez squad who is also coming off a forfeit loss and will be looking to regroup and get back to their winning ways. Big games for both teams with huge implications.

 

10. Team Malvin (Dr. Jacob D.D.S.) – East – 4-8

Team Malvin has had some nice W’s during this 2018 season, including a big win over Team Dean in Week 11. There are also a couple of games I am sure that they wish they could have back. This past Sunday was one of those when they fell to undefeated and #1 Team McNichols while putting up 94 points, almost 25 more points than their season average. It’s never a good thing to lose when you get that kind of offensive production. Rodney Clark and Nikko combined to put up 54 of their teams 94 points. It just wasn’t enough as they couldn’t find stops on the Defensive end. They look to rebound against #3 Team Harlander who will be looking to push their winning streak to 10 games on Sunday.

 

11. Team Reisner (Chicago Trolley) – North – 4-8

Team Reisner came into Week 12 sporting a two-game losing streak and unfortunately will be heading to Week 13 with a three-game losing streak. By a final score of 79-64, Team Reisner dropped another tough game and saw their record drop to 4-8. Team Reisner has had better months. They’ve been playing for a long time now and this little funk that they are in is an abnormality. It happens to the best. They hang onto the #11 spot this week despite this loss but will need a big win in Week 13 against a 6-6 Team Purimetla squad looking to get back over .500. Important game for both teams.

 

Rest of the Pack (Alphabetical Order)

Team Dean (Live Clean CHI) – North – 4-8

Big Win over Team Jones on Sunday Night for Team Dean. They got contributions from literally everyone. They had five different players reach double digit points. Captain Tredrick Dean and Jesse Rice paced the squad with 14 apiece but it was an overall solid team performance. This is a group capable of really turning it around in the last six weeks of the season. Their final record at the end of the Regular Season may not be exactly what they were expecting heading into this season, but this is a group playing solid ball. They have a tough test in Week 13 with Team Maione who carries an identical 4-8 record. The winner of this game has a very solid chance of moving into our Power Rankings in Week 13. The loser will likely continue looking from the outside in.

 

Team Harris (Schweitzer Title) – North – 2-10

Team Harris struggled this past Sunday as they were without a majority of their regular line-up and were only able to suit up six players. They simply ran out of gas in their lopsided loss to Team Maione, 94-56. It has been a common issue for them once again this season as they can’t seem to find any type of rhythm to put a string of much-needed wins together. The team’s leading scorer Michael Goldstein led the team in scoring once again in this one, dropping 14 points and grabbing 5 rebounds. They have a big match-up against a 1-11 Team James in Week 13.

 

Team James (Stanley’s Kitchen) – West – 1-11

Team James came into Week 13 hoping to snap their 10-game losing streak with the hopes of leaving FFC with a W and a fresh new start to their season. They’ll need to wait another week to turn things around as they fell to Team Dean 86-49. Their lack of player depth really seemed to be their downfall in this one as they were able to only dress five players. Cory Davis led the team in scoring with 18 in this one but any time you score less than 50 points, your chances of winning are very slim. This group is currently at the bottom of the Standings but if you wiped away the records, they would be at least in the middle of the pack with their level of talent. For some reason this season, the talent has not translated to many victories. They get an important match-up against a 2-10 Team Harris squad on Sunday night who will be looking to secure their third victory of the year.

 

Team Jones (Rockin’ Refuel) – North – 2-10

In what was by far the biggest upset of Week 12, Team Jones got a shocking victory over Team Purimetla, 75-65. They have snapped their 10-game losing skid and now can take an enormous sigh of relief. They hadn’t won since Week 1 but that all changed on Sunday Night when Garrett Staniec and Gilles Jones combined for 47 points to lead these guys to victory. The win was Team Jones second on the season and a huge motivational boost heading into the final six weeks of the Regular Season. They are going to have another tough but very important test in Week 13 as 3-9 Team Maione is up next for them on the docket.

 

Team Maione (The Bucket List) – West – 4-8

After dropping two straight games and seeing their record fall to 3-8, Team Maione reversed course and got back to their winning ways by dismantling Team Harris 94-56 on Sunday night. Tellef Lundevall was the Player of the Game in this one as he has an awesome stat line of 23 points and 7 rebounds. This team is capable of winning games and teams waiting for them on their schedule will need to be wary of this group. They can score a ton of points on any given evening, but they do give up the 3rd most PPG in the league and will need to fix some of those defensive woes if they plan on making a serious push during the final six weeks of the season. They have an opportunity to build upon Week 12’s performance when they face a 4-8 Team Dean squad. Big game as both teams will be vying for their 5th wins and a chance to move into next week’s Power Rankings.

 

That’s all she wrote for Week 12. More BIG games to come in Week 13!

-Marko